Unintended pregnancy

As part of the forensic medical examination (FME) you'll be offered an assessment to ensure that your immediate healthcare needs are met.

Non-consensual vaginal sex can lead to an unintended pregnancy. The healthcare professional at the sexual assault response co-ordination service (SARCS) will assess your risk of pregnancy and, depending on your situation, may offer emergency contraception if appropriate.

If you suspect you may be at risk of an unintended pregnancy you should start to take pregnancy tests from around 21 days from your assault until the start of your next period. If you choose not to have an FME and have any concerns or worries about your test results contact your GP or local sexual health service.

You may also receive testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and have any necessary appointments arranged at your local sexual health service.

Read more about STI testing and preventative treatment for HIV

Last updated:
01 April 2022